Think about...

Did god forsake his son? Could he also forsake us?

Do you not think it strange that we are told God loves us and will never forsake us but yet we are also told that God forsook His Son when He desperately needed Him. When Jesus cried out in Matthew 27:46 "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"; was He testifying to the fact that God actually turned away as we are told?

Traditionally, we have told people that God cannot look at sin but yet He came looking for Adam. God's holiness is never diminished in the presence of our sin but it is His holiness that removes the stain of sin from us and it is the same with His Son as He died as us. The promise of no broken bones point to the watchful eye of His Father.

When we sin we fill so desperately alone and we fill that God turns away from us--we fill forsaken. As Jesus carried the full weight of our sin and He, feeling the full impact of our transgression--had the perception that God had left Him. God has never left us nor did He leave His Son.

(John 10:10, John 16:32, 2 Cor 5:19) (Psm 34:20, John 19:36, Psm 37, Psm 22)

Will the will of god always be fulfilled?
Does god always get his way?

In the prayer example that Jesus gave in Matthew 6:10, we are told to pray for God's will to be done. That will is inclusive of many things. Is it not true that if we pray according to the will of God it will be accomplished? So, if it is expressly the will of God then it will occur as He wills/desires/resolves.

Have you ever prayed for 'all men" as expressed in 1 Timothy 2:1? Just three verses below in verse 4, we are told that it is God's will for all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

If I pray for the salvation of all men am I praying the will of God? The salvation of all men is expressed as the "will of God". This 'will'is not hope or simple desire, but a resolve or purpose by God to bring to pass what is willed.

We are quick to claim that man has a "free will"but are we so bold as to believe that our so called free will can overpower the express purpose of God?

" ESPECIALLY "

If I made the statement, I like ice- cream, especially chocolate. Am I saying I only like chocolate or am I saying I like all ice-cream?

Paul said that as we have opportunity we should do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Gal 6:10). Now, is Paul excluding those who are not of the household of faith? No, we are to do good to all, but more so to those of the household of faith. In other words, we are to do good to all men regardless and all men benefit from that goodness.

Now, one more use of especially. Paul says we suffer reproach because we trust in the living God WHO IS THE SAVIOR OF ALL MEN, ESPECIALLY OFTHOSE WHO BELIEVE. (1 Tim. 4: 10) Did Paul say that Jesus is only the Savior of those who believe? For there to be an especial Savior, He must save the all.

Now 1 John 2:2 is much more powerful. It says that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins AND NOT FOR OURS ONLY BUT ALSO FOR THE WHOLE WORLD.

THE LOCATION OF THE BOWING KNEES

Note the words from Phil 2:10. IN, ON, and UNDER. This verse has been quoted in many sermons and praise and worship songs. Re-read it again and see WHERE the knees are bending....?

SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD

In Rev 20:13, it says the sea gave up the dead in it and death and hell give up the dead in them. What about the traditional teaching that says the dead are in heaven... or hell? How many places contain the dead?

Robe of Righteousness

Isa 61:10 "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of slavation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness..."

Clothing mainly has two purposes:

  1. to wear as protection from the elements or
  2. to adorn-to make one look good.

Galatians 3:27 in the Lamsa translation says: "For those who have been baptized in the name of Christ have been clothed with Christ." We wear Him as a garment of salvation next to the body and we take on His characteristics, intentions, and purpose; His heart.

The Righteousness that all mankind becomes is a privileged place and not an exclusive place. It lets us be before God without the sense of sin which causes guilt, fear, condemnation, and unworthiness. We are before Him without any remembrance of sin in His mind or ours.